Today was day 1 of an SPA Assessment for Graham, Mark and Paul. A vile night in Fort William and a wet beginning to the day sent us scurrying east to Kingussie crag. With just the odd smir of rain the guys quickly dispatched a dozen routes between them in the Diff to Hard Severe range. Today was mostly about me learning about the candidates approach to their personal climbing. We looked at a few simple problems that can occur when climbing in a single pitch environment with peers. Towards the end of the day we also assessed the crag as a group venue, had a look at some peer belaying setups before moving on to the climbing wall section of the syllabus.
We weren't alone at the crag today with large teams from Outdoor Education courses from both Edinburgh University and The University of Highlands and Islands.